If you've managed to get rid of mice and rats in your house, you want to make sure they don't come back. To keep these pests out of your house, you need to deprive them of what they want most: food and shelter. Here are a few tips to help you pest-proof your house.
Cover Your Trash
Make sure your garbage cans have snug lids and are made of metal. If you have to use plastic trash cans, make sure that there are no holes in them.
Store Your Pet Food
Mice and rats love pet food. If you feed your dog outside and leave food out, you're inviting every pest in the neighborhood to visit. Store pet and bird food in glass or metal containers with tight lids.
Watch Your Composting
Composting can be problematic if you have a pest problem. To avoid attracting rodents, raise your compost container at least 1 foot off the ground, especially if you compost food scraps.
Pick Up Fallen Fruit
If you have fruit or nut trees, clean up any fruit that falls on the ground.
Clean Up Your Garage
Lawn seed, tulip bulbs, and bone meal are food sources for mice and rats. Store them in metal or glass containers with tight lids. Don't store firewood in your garage, because it's a potential nesting site. Organize and store boxes off the ground to eliminate places for mice or rats to burrow.